Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 185–190 | Cite as

Spontaneous Poetry in the Therapy of a Feral Street-Child: Recording a Return from Alienation

  • Michael A. Simpson


A remarkable young man is described who suffered multiple handicaps and cruel deprivations, from birth. He became a street person at an early age, living in derelict houses. After a suicide attempt, he responded well to intensive time-limited psychotherapy with an existential and Zen approach. He began spontaneously writing poetry which recorded his gradually reducing alienation. He was able to enter higher education, win a prestigious University scholarship, and become involved in the helping professions.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Simpson
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  1. 1.PretoriaSouth Africa

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